Before the sun set last Saturday, children in Anaheim had a great new place to play. The new playground was fully assembled in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 City of Anaheim and Anaheim Family YMCA volunteers, Disney VoluntEARS, KaBOOM! organizers, and local community residents.
Today’s playground will provide more than 1,000 children in Anaheim with a safe place to play. Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in March. Local children and community leaders met with organizers from Disney and KaBOOM! to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design.
“It’s important for families to have safe and fun gathering places, like this new playground at Stoddard Park,” said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. “We are thrilled to work together with our community partners and neighbors to create this great addition to our neighborhood, where kids and families can spend time together, be active and lead healthier lives.”
Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, and supports the nonprofit’s vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build 16 playgrounds and learning gardens with the participation of more than a thousand Disney VoluntEARS. At the end of 2012, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build close to thirty playgrounds.
“Parks are foundational for great neighborhoods and, thanks to everyone involved, Anaheim’s Stoddard Park area residents have a wonderful, newly designed park to enjoy,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “Providing children and their families safe and enjoyable parks provides them the opportunity to build stronger connections with their neighbors. We are grateful to Disney, the Anaheim Family YMCA, KaBOOM! and the hundreds of volunteers who made this possible.”
“This project exemplifies the Y’s focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Paul Andresen, Anaheim YMCA President & CEO. “We know that one of the best ways to improve people’s health is to work together as a community and provide fun, safe opportunities for outdoor play.”
“Every child deserves to have a great place to play and we’re thrilled to continue our work with Disney in striving toward that goal,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder & CEO. “Thanks to the efforts from Disney, KaBOOM!, the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Family YMCA, we moved one step closer to the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.”
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort